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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Alabama

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Jay E. Town
, United States Attorney
Contact: Peggy Sanford

Tuscaloosa Man Indicted for Possessing Firearm after Multiple Felony Convictions

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted a Tuscaloosa man for illegally possessing a firearm because of several previous felony convictions, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido.


An indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges HOWARD ALLEN JEMISON JR., 32, as a convicted felon in possession of a Sarsilmaz (Sar Arms) 9mm pistol on June 27 in Tuscaloosa County. According to the indictment, Jemison has the following prior felony convictions: unlawful possession of a controlled substance and first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, 2005, Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court; third-degree robbery, 2007, Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court; felon in possession of a firearm, 2011, U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama; first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, 2012, Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court; and first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, 2017, Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court.


The maximum penalty for felon in possession of a firearm is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


ATF investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael A. Royster is prosecuting.


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